Jan 2: A Blessing for the New Year

John B. O’Donohue’s blessings make me stop dead in my tracks. Think. Reflect. Think again. Then a wave of warm well-being wafts over me. His book of blessings has a title that grabs you in a deep place: “To Bless the Space Between Us“.

Blessings on your New Year from O’Donohue:

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curragh of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

(c) John O’Donohue 1997. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://www.johnodonohue.com


I’m pondering my invisible cloak on the second day of the new year.


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